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  • Marlins @ Mets: 08/06 7:10 PM ET; SNY, FS-FL; WCBS, ESPN, WINZ



    GAME 112, HOME GAME 50

    Tuesday, 6th August
    7:10 PM ET
    Citi Field





    MARLINS -- STANDINGS -- METS



    MARLINS -- LEADERS -- METS



    MARLINS -- BATTING -- METS



    MARLINS -- PITCHING -- METS



    MARLINS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    METS -- TRANSACTIONS - INJURIES



    GAME START WEATHER



    MARLINS -- LINEUPS -- METS

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    Soaring Mets Again Face Sinking Marlins



    When Zack Wheeler took the mound at Citi Field on July 26, the New York Mets were eight games under .500, and most of the 33,776 fans in attendance thought it was the last time they'd see the right-hander pitch for the Mets at home.

    But Wheeler will be back on the Citi Field mound Tuesday night for the Mets, who are in a playoff race nobody could have envisioned just 11 days ago.

    Wheeler will look to keep the good times rolling for the Mets when he starts the third game of a four-game series against the Miami Marlins. Wheeler (8-6, 4.45 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Jordan Yamamoto (4-2, 3.94) in a battle of right-handers.

    The Mets completed their stunningly quick ascent to a winning record Monday by sweeping a doubleheader from the Marlins. New York earned a 6-2 win in the opener before riding three seventh-inning homers to a come-from-behind 5-4 win in the nightcap.

    The Mets fell a season-high 11 games under .500 with an 8-4 loss to the Marlins in the first game following the All-Star break on July 12, but they are a baseball-best 17-6 since then to improve to 57-56. It is the third time in franchise history that New York has gone from at least 10 games below .500 to over .500 in the same season (1973 and 2001).

    With the surge, the Mets have vaulted into fifth place in the wild card race, 2 1/2 games behind the co-leaders, the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies. New York was seven games out of a playoff spot and tied for eighth place in the race for the second wild card when Wheeler took the mound in what everyone thought was an audition for contenders interested in acquiring the impending free agent.

    Instead, the Mets held on to Wheeler and traded for Marcus Stroman, and now there's no hotter team in baseball.

    "We're striving towards our goal," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Monday night. "I don't think the guys have ever wavered on that. As tough as it's been sometimes, they've always come every single day to accomplish our main goal. And we're getting closer. We still have a long, long way to go, but it's fun."

    The doubleheader was decidedly less enjoyable for the Marlins, who have lost four straight and six of seven.

    Manager Don Mattingly lamented his decision-making in the fateful seventh inning, when Miami blew a 4-2 lead as he tried to coax right-hander Jeff Brigham through the frame. Brigham gave up the back-to-back game-tying and go-ahead homers to left-handed hitting Michael Conforto and right-handed hitting Pete Alonso.

    "That is one that's kind of hard to swallow," Mattingly said. "Guys get back in that game, it's tough to lose that one."

    Wheeler earned the win in his most recent start last Thursday, when he gave up four hits over seven scoreless innings as the Mets beat the Chicago White Sox, 4-0.

    Yamamoto didn't factor into the decision last Thursday, when he allowed four runs over six innings in the Marlins' 5-4, 12-inning win over the Minnesota Twins.

    Wheeler is 6-2 with a 1.95 ERA in 12 career starts against the Marlins. Yamamoto has never faced the Mets.

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        Top of 1:
        Marlins first. Rojas flied out to center fielder Lagares. Berti doubled to center. I.Díaz grounded out, second baseman Guillorme to first baseman Alonso, Berti to third. Anderson popped out to first baseman Alonso.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 1:
        Mets first. McNeil struck out. Davis singled to center. Alonso walked on a full count, Davis to second. Ramos flied out to center fielder Brinson, Davis to third. Frazier doubled to left, Davis scored, Alonso to third. Guillorme flied out to left fielder Berti.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 2

        Top of 2:
        Marlins second. Cooper singled to center. Castro grounded into fielder's choice, third baseman Frazier to second baseman Guillorme, Cooper out. Brinson grounded into a double play, shortstop Hechavarría to second baseman Guillorme to first baseman Alonso, Castro out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 2:
        Mets second. Hechavarría grounded out, shortstop Rojas to first baseman Cooper. Lagares popped out to second baseman I.Díaz. Wheeler struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 3:
        Marlins third. Alfaro grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso. Noesí singled to right. Rojas grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Hechavarría to second baseman Guillorme, Noesí out. Rojas was out advancing, first baseman Alonso unassisted, Rojas out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 3:
        Mets third. Granderson in as left fielder. Berti in as shortstop. McNeil walked. Davis walked on a full count, McNeil to second. Alonso struck out. Ramos homered to center on a 0-1 count, McNeil scored, Davis scored. Frazier popped out to second baseman I.Díaz. Guillorme flied out to left fielder Granderson.
        Runs: 3, Hits: 1

        Top of 4:
        Marlins fourth. Berti doubled to right. I.Díaz struck out. Anderson grounded out, shortstop Hechavarría to first baseman Alonso, Berti to third. Cooper grounded out, first baseman Alonso to pitcher Wheeler.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 4:
        Mets fourth. Hechavarría flied out to center fielder Brinson. Lagares flied out to center fielder Brinson. Wheeler grounded out, second baseman I.Díaz to first baseman Cooper.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 5:
        Marlins fifth. Castro grounded out, first baseman Alonso to pitcher Wheeler. Brinson singled to right. Alfaro grounded into a double play, second baseman Guillorme to shortstop Hechavarría to first baseman Alonso, Brinson out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 5:
        Mets fifth. McNeil singled to right. Davis grounded into a double play, shortstop Berti to second baseman I.Díaz to first baseman Cooper, McNeil out. Alonso homered to left on a 1-1 count. Ramos grounded out, shortstop Berti to first baseman Cooper.
        Runs: 1, Hits: 2

        Top of 6:
        Marlins sixth. Prado pinch-hitting for Noesí. Prado singled to right. Granderson grounded into fielder's choice, second baseman Guillorme to shortstop Hechavarría, Prado out. Berti safe at first on fielder's choice plus fielding error by second baseman Guillorme, Granderson to second. I.Díaz struck out. Anderson struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Bottom of 6:
        Mets sixth. Conley pitching. Frazier struck out. Guillorme grounded out, second baseman I.Díaz to pitcher Conley. Hechavarría struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Top of 7:
        Marlins seventh. Cooper singled to center. Castro hit an infield single to third, Cooper to second. Brinson grounded into fielder's choice, shortstop Hechavarría to second baseman Guillorme, Cooper to third, Castro out. Alfaro struck out. H.Ramírez pinch-hitting for Conley. H.Ramírez lined out to shortstop Hechavarría.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 2

        Bottom of 7:
        Mets seventh. Quijada pitching. Lagares popped out to shortstop Berti. Wheeler struck out. McNeil singled to center. Davis doubled to left, McNeil to third. Altherr pinch-running for Davis. Alonso struck out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 2

        Top of 8:
        Marlins eighth. Altherr in as left fielder. Granderson walked on a full count. Berti grounded out, third baseman Frazier to first baseman Alonso, Granderson to second. I.Díaz struck out. Anderson lined out to shortstop Hechavarría.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 0

        Bottom of 8:
        Mets eighth. Stanek pitching. Ramos grounded out, shortstop Berti to first baseman Cooper. Frazier struck out. Guillorme doubled to right. Hechavarría flied out to left fielder Granderson.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

        Top of 9:
        Marlins ninth. Gsellman pitching. Cooper was hit by a pitch. Castro grounded into fielder's choice, third baseman Frazier to second baseman Guillorme, Cooper out. Brinson singled to right, Castro to second. Alfaro grounded into a double play, shortstop Hechavarría to second baseman Guillorme to first baseman Alonso, Brinson out.
        Runs: 0, Hits: 1

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        • #5


          Wheeler Lifts Mets Over Marlins 5-0 for 12th Win in 13 Games


          by KE SEINER

          -- Zack Wheeler expected to be pitching in a playoff chase this month. As of two weeks ago, that meant his bags were packed - a recommendation from Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen as the trade deadline neared, rumors swirled and New York trailed 12 teams in the NL standings.

          The right-hander was going to land with whichever contender wanted him most. Improbably, that turned out to be the Mets.

          Wheeler ground up Miami over eight innings, Wilson Ramos and Pete Alonso homered, and New York beat the Marlins 5-0 Tuesday night for its 12th win in 13 games, including five of six since the deadline. The hard-charging Mets improved to 58-56 a night after surpassing the .500 mark for the first time since early May.

          "We know how good we can be and how good we are," Wheeler said. "We're shooting for it."

          New York has the best record in baseball since the All-Star break and entered the day 2 1/2 games behind Philadelphia for an NL wild card despite looking like a sure-fire seller in late July - two weeks ago, the Mets trailed every NL team except the Marlins and Pirates.

          Wheeler (9-6) remained in Flushing to aid an unlikely postseason hunt. After throwing seven scoreless innings against the White Sox a day after the deadline, he cruised through eight on 99 pitches against the Marlins, allowing eight hits and striking out five with 13 groundball outs.

          "That's the goal every time is to get groundballs and get easier outs," Wheeler said. "I was able to get inside on them tonight and work there."

          Mets manager Mickey Callaway said the whole club got a "huge jolt" when the deadline passed and Wheeler was still with New York.

          "Hearing all the rumors and stuff like that, it's kind of, you don't necessarily take it to heart because it's not true until it happens," Alonso said. "But the fact he wasn't traded is big."

          Todd Frazier had an RBI double in the first inning and Ramos added a three-run homer in the third. Alonso smoked a solo shot in the fifth, his second connection in two games after going nine without one. Alonso has 36 homers for the season.

          Wheeler had two runners on with one out in the sixth and seventh innings but escaped both jams. He ended the sixth with consecutive strikeouts and got out of the seventh with another punchout and by breaking pinch-hitter Harold Ramirez's bat on a soft lineout.

          After Wheeler stranded another runner in the eighth, Robert Gsellman pitched the ninth.

          New York will try to complete a four-game sweep of the Marlins on Wednesday with a mostly fresh bullpen.

          WELCOME BACK

          Miami right-hander Hector Noesi (0-1) allowed five runs over five innings in his first major league appearance since 2015.

          Noesi spent the previous three seasons in Korea, including a 20-win year in 2017, and returned to the U.S. this season on a minor league deal with Miami. The 32-year-old right-hander ranked among the Triple-A Pacific Coast League leaders in wins, ERA and strikeouts before being called up Tuesday.

          "I feel really emotional," Noesi said. "There's not that many players that go overseas and come back to the big leagues, and I know it's been a long time, too."

          Noesi singled in his first at-bat for his third career hit and first since 2012.

          STARTING FAST

          Frazier hit an RBI double off the glove of left fielder Jon Berti in the first inning, the sixth straight game New York scored in its first turn at-bat.

          "That's how you get on a roll," Callaway said. "Especially when you have the starters that we have."

          SHORT NIGHT

          Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas strained his right hamstring stumbling over first base on a groundout in the third inning and needed assistance walking off the field. He was pulled from the game and could land on the IL, spoiling what's been a breakout season for the 30-year-old, who is hitting .289 and plays stellar defense. He's scheduled to get an MRI when the team returns to Miami on Wednesday.

          "It wasn't pretty," manager Don Mattingly said. "And when we first got out there, I think he felt like his knee just kind of blew up."

          TRAINER'S ROOM

          Marlins: INF Yadiel Rivera was designated for assignment to make space for Noesi. ... Mattingly said 1B Garrett Cooper has been dealing with nagging lower body injuries during a recent slump. He entered Tuesday on an 0-for-15 skid but ended that with two hits.

          Mets: OF Michael Conforto and SS Amed Rosario were held out of the lineup for rest.

          UP NEXT

          Mets LHP Steven Matz (6-7, 4.60) faces Marlins RHP Jordan Yamamoto (4-2, 3.94) in the finale of the four-game series. Matz allowed five runs to the Pirates in his previous start, New York's only loss in 13 games.

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